Town drops gun ban implemented as Hurricane Florence approaches

09/12/18 6:30 AM | by

Town drops gun ban implemented as Hurricane Florence approaches

A North Carolina town quickly rescinded their local restrictions on firearms announced earlier this week as a state of emergency was declared for the area.

The coastal town of Leland, in the path of oncoming Hurricane Florence, on Monday morning issued a series of emergency orders and evacuations that included a prohibition on the “transportation or possession, or the sale or purchase of any dangerous weapon or substance, while off one’s own premises.” This drew an immediate backlash on social media and warnings from a gun rights group to town leaders that they had gone too far.

On Tuesday, the Firearms Policy Coalition sent the city a pre-litigation demand letter saying that the order was unconstitutional, as it ruled out lawful purposes for gun possession such as self-defense, and set “the stage for arbitrary or discriminatory enforcement since those enforcing the prohibition could apply various and conflicting interpretations.”

Further, the group had a legal precedent to fall back on. In 2012, a federal court sided with local and national Second Amendment advocates who challenged the North Carolina statutes restricting firearms during times of emergency. The state’s Emergency Management Act was amended to reflect the decision.

By late Tuesday, Leland officials had updated the emergency orders to note that, “This prohibition and restriction does not apply to lawfully possessed firearms or ammunition.”

Those in North Carolina can find out more about the ongoing preparations for Hurricane Florence here and track the storm’s progress and issued warnings through the National Hurricane Center.

Latest Reviews

  • Gun Review: IWI Tavor X95 (VIDEO)

    For shooters bored with AR carbines, the IWI Tavor X95 is an exciting new endeavor. The Israeli-designed short barreled rifle...

    Read Now
  • Aguila 5mm Ammo Breathes New Life into Forgotten Plinkers (VIDEO)

    Thanks to Aguila and a revitalized interest in longer-range rimfire shooting, 40-year-old Remington 591 and 592 rifles are gaining popularity.

    Read Now
  • gun safe, safetech

    SnapSafe Treklite Serves Safe Gun Storage on the Go

    Billed as a means to easily carry a gun on the go, the SnapSafe TrekLite appears, on the surface, to...

    Read Now
  • dd5v1

    Gun Review: Daniel Defense DD5V1 rifle in .308 (VIDEO)

    Unlike Daniel Defense’s standard-fare – AR-15s chambered in 5.56 – the DD5V1 is an AR-10 chambered in .308. Guns.com checks...

    Read Now